‘Architecture has become a destination. But I don’t think the weirdest is the best,’ says Mexican architect Enrique Norten. ‘I don’t think you need to do the strangest thing, the most unexpected thing in order to do good architecture.’
Enrique Norten (Mexico City, 1954) studied architecture in Iberoamericana University and holds a Master in Architecture from Cornell University. In 1986, he founded TEN Arquitectos and in 2000 opened a second office in New York. The agency employs some 80 architects who work on projects in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
TEN Arquitectos is not known for a signature style, Archdaily noted. The agency prefers to make each project a modernist-infused response to its own specific conditions. ‘I want architecture to shift focus from its preoccupation with form and object making to public space making. I like the kind of architecture that underlines and enhances our experience.’
Norten is recognized by buildings such as the airport of Mexico City, Business School Campus Livingston Rutgers University New Jersey, the National School of Theatre and Arts in Mexico City and Hotel Americano and Mercedes House in New York.
Norten lectures the Miller professorship at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Yale, UCLA, Michigan, Texas, Cornell, Parsons, Pratt Institute and Harvard universities. He received many awards and accolades, including the Mies van der Rohe Prize of Latin American Architecture in 1998. Since 1999 Norten is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects.